July 7, 2008


This week’s edition is early in the hopes of reaching many of you before you leave for a long holiday weekend.

And we have a fair amount of movement for your holiday reading, including THREE new openings (one in a top three market) and THREE new NDs to tell you about (one in the Los Angeles market).

My figures show 26 stations with ND openings. We have paid ads for two of those openings below. Please patronize our advertisers!

Also this week, some updates to our list of news management openings, a former ND-turned-consultant takes a corporate news position, and we have a link to the complete list of National Edward R. Murrow award winners.

There’s more on the death of a former San Francisco news director, which we first told you aboutin an emailed update last Tuesday. There’s also details on the deaths of parents of two of our colleagues.

All that, and more, after this week’s changes.


WSNS-TV, Chicago, IL…ESTEBAN CRESTE is leaving one Telemundo o-and-o for another. He’s been named ND for sister station KVEA-TV in Los Angeles. Esteban was ND here for four years.

WPBF-TV, West Palm Beach, FL…JOE COSCIA has left the Hearst-Argyle owned ABC station after seven years as ND here. He’s previously been a news director in Pittsburgh, Providence, and Albany, NY, and also worked on the assignment desk for three NY city o-and-o’s. Joe also worked as a consultant for the late RON TINDIGLIA. Learn more about this opportunity in the paid advertisement below.

KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS…MICHELE GORS has left this CBS affiliate after almost three years as ND here. She’s also been a news director in Memphis and Cedar Rapids. You can find out more about this position in the paid advertisement below.


KVEA-TV, Los Angeles, CA…ESTEBAN CRESTE moves cross-country to become the ND for this Telemundo o-and-o. As we told you above, he’s been the ND at another Telemundo station, WSNS-TV in Chicago. He replaces veteran California newsman AL CORRAL who left the station in May after seven years as news director.

KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM…JAMIE IOOS returns to a ND job as she will be the next news director for this Hubbard-owned NBC affiliate. Jamie spent more than five years as ND for Las Vegas’ KVBC-TV before taking a job as a consultant for Crawford Johnson & Northcott. She’s also worked in Boston, Providence, and Cedar Rapids. At KOB, she replaces RHONDA AUBREY who is moving to Maryland where her husband took a new job.

St. Joe Now, St. Joseph, MO…FRAN TUCKER will be the first ND for this cable news operation operated by the St. Joseph News-Press newspaper. The paper is owned by the News Press & Gazette company which owns TV stations in seven markets around the country. Fran has been the EP at one of them, KVIA-TV in El Paso, TX.

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WPBF-TV, the Hearst-Argyle ABC affiliate in the growing West Palm Beach, Florida, market is looking for an experienced News Director to run its television and digital news operation.

The qualified candidate will have News Director experience, which should include a proven track record of excellent news judgment, the ability to build a diverse news staff, and improve product and ratings both on the air and online. Collaborative leadership skills and the ability to motivate are critical. Weather is an important element of coverage in this market, and the qualified candidate will have experience managing severe weather coverage for all platforms.

Understanding the importance of creating dynamic digital content, and helping lead that charge are necessary skills for this job.

We look forward to hearing from interested candidates.

Please send all resumes and cover letters via email only to: nloomis@hearst.com

WPBF-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified Women and Minorities Are Encouraged To Apply.


Are you an aggressive, committed journalist who can take a winning team to the next level? KWCH 12 leads the market in ratings and we are looking for a News Director to lead our team.

This CBS affiliate is a leader in convergence with cross-media partnerships. We have a dynamic newsroom, active websites and news bureaus.

The candidate we are looking for understands responsible journalism and can lead a team to produce exciting newscasts that both inform and educate viewers. A passion to win weather and sports is a must.

The perfect candidate brings News Director experience and an understanding of how to motivate and lead a team. Do your homework before you apply and you’ll know why this is a great opportunity.

If you are ready to lead a winning team send your resume and references to:

Joan Barrett
President/General Manager
care of: HR Coordinator
2815 E. 37th Street North
Wichita KS 67219

You can also apply via fax to: 316-831-6190 or by e-mail: hr@kwch.com.

KWCH-TV is an EOE. M/F/V/D. Drug screen and background check required. No phone calls please.

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WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 5/16/08)
WTXF-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 6/20/08)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (relisted 6/6/08)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (listed 6/13/08)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (listed 6/6/08)
KVIA-TV, El Paso, TX (relisted 6/27/08)
KHBS/KHOG, Fort Smith, AR (listed 5/9/08)


KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, CA (2 Openings, AM and PM, listed 4/18/08)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (AM EP, listed 6/13/08)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 6/20/08)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, AZ (AM EP, new listing this week)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted this week)
KSTP-TV, Minneapolis, MN (listing revised 5/2/08)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Weekend EP, relisted this week)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 4/18/08)
KGW-TV, Portland, OR (listed 6/20/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted 6/27/08)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (relisted 5/9/08)
WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (relisted 6/27/08)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (listed 6/20/08)
WSYX/WTTE, Columbus, OH (relisted 5/16/08)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 6/27/08)
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 6/20/08)
WPTV, W. Palm Beach, FL (Dayside EP, listed 5/30/08)
WHP-TV, Harrisburg, PA (relisted this week)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Dayside EP, listing revised this week)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (new listing this week)
KVIA-TV, El Paso, TX (listed 6/27/08)
WGGB-TV, Springfield, MA (listed 6/20/08)


WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, MN (relisted 5/16/08)

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We told you earlier this week in an ND List UPDATE that former KNTV (San Jose/San Francisco) ND TERRY McELHATTON died of a heart attack last weekend. Terry was just 52 years old. He spent almost ten years as ND there. He’d also worked in Denver. Most recently, Terry was teaching at Valley Christian High School and was going to join the faculty at San Jose State this fall. Please note that Terry’s funeral is now scheduled for Sunday, July 13th. (We had a different date in Tuesday’s email.) This obituary from the San Jose Mercury News has complete details on funeral arrangements and memorial contributions. And you can join a long list of broadcasting colleagues in leaving your best wishes for his family on this online guestbook.

JONATHAN KNOPF’s father died last month. DR. HAROLD CRASILNECK was 87 years old after a lengthy illness. Many of you know Jonathan, who is now working for the Coaching Company and has been an ND in New Jersey and Raleigh. His father wass described as a pioneer in the field of hypnotherapy in this article from the Dallas Morning News. Your emailed note of condolence would reach Jonathan at: jcknopf@gmail.com

Finally, I’m sorry to report the death of HELENE WING, mother of San Francisco area news manager KEVIN WING. She died Sunday, June 8th, just five days short of her 86th birthday. Her appearances in commercials in the 60’s first got son Kevin intrigued by TV. More details on her life are here. Kevin would receive your kind note via email at: kevinwing@aol.com

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Congratulations to the winners of the National Edward R. Murrow Awards which were announced this week. KOMO-TV in Seattle and WJAR-TV in Providence were the Overall Excellence winners in large and small markets, respectively. The list of winners can be found on the RTNDA website.

DENNIS KENDALL leaves the Coaching Company to become Director of Broadcast News for Quincy Newspapers. The company owns 12 TV stations and two radio stations. Dennis has been a consultant since 2001, and previously was an ND in Flint, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines.

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Please let me know about corrections, updates, deletions, and additions via email or telephone at the addresses and numbers below.

Here is the complete list of stations looking for a news director as of Thursday, July 3, 2008. There are no guarantees that these jobs remain open. (These jobs are listed in order of market size.)

KTLA-TV   5800 Sunset Blvd.               Los Angeles, CA 90028
WSNS-TV   430 W. Grant Place              Chicago IL 60614 *
KIAH-TV   7700 Westpark Dr.               Houston TX 77063
KPHO-TV   4016 N. Black Canyon Hwy.       Phoenix AZ 85017
KTVK-TV   5555 N. 7th Avenue              Phoenix AZ 85013
WEWS-TV   3001 Euclid Ave.                Cleveland OH 44115
KGTV      4600 Air Way                    San Diego CA 92102
WPBF-TV   3970 RCA Blvd., Suite 7007      Palm Beach Gardens FL 33410
KMPH-TV   5111 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WTEN-TV   341 Northern Blvd.              Albany NY 12204
KOKI-TV   2625 S. Memorial                Tulsa OK 74129
WINK-TV   2824 Palm Beach Blvd.           Fort Myers FL 33916
WOWK-TV   555 Fifth Ave.                  Huntington WV 25701
KWCH-TV   2815 East 37th Street North     Wichita KS 67219
WCSH/WLBZ-TV One Congress Square          Portland ME 04101
KYTV      999 W. Sunshine                 Springfield MO 65807
WSTM-TV   1030 James St.                  Syracuse NY 13203
WAAY-TV   1000 Monte Sano Boulevard       Huntsville AL 35801
WIS-TV    1111 Bull St.                   Columbia SC 29201
KFSM-TV   318 N. 13th St.                 Ft. Smith AR 72901
WEEK-TV   2907 Springfield Rd.            E. Peoria, IL 61611
KBMT-TV   525 Interstate 10 S.            Beaumont TX 77701
KBTV      6155 Eastex Freeway #300        Beaumont TX 77706
KOBI-TV   125 South Fir St.               Medford OR 97501
KTUU-TV   701 E. Tudor Rd. #220           Anchorage AK 99503
KIDK-TV   1255 E.17th St.                 Idaho Falls ID 83404

* Spanish language station

Rick Gevers
Rick Gevers & Associates
PO Box 577
Zionsville IN 46077
317-769-7900 (phone)
317-769-7910 (fax)

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